Mark Gabrish Conlan
November 13, 2012
This is really King Oliver's recording!
Bubber Miley is on this recording but it was actually made under the name of Joe "King" Oliver, the great New Orleanian who discovered Louis Armstrong and made him the second cornetist in the famous Creole Band of 1923-24. Unfortunately, Oliver was drinking a lot and his teeth were going bad, and throughout the rest of his career he was looking for other cornetists or trumpeters who could fill in for him — first Armstrong, then Bob Shoffner, then his nephew Dave Nelson, and on this recording Bubber Miley, who like Oliver was an alcoholic. Miley had already drunk his way out of the Duke Ellington band in 1929 (as Bix Beiderbecke had drunk HIS way out of Paul Whiteman's band, giving an added poignancy to the one on-record meeting of Miley and Bix on Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair" in 1930), though this record indicates his plunger-mute technique was as good as ever and one wouldn't guess from his work here that Miley had only two and one-half years to live when he made it.
FYI, the personnel and discographical information for this record is: Joe “King” Oliver, Jimmy Allen, Bubber Miley (t), Jimmy Archey (tb), Bobby Holmes (cl, as), Glyn Paque, unk. (as, ts), Don Frye (p), Arthur Taylor (bjo), Jean Stultz (g), Clinton Walker (tuba), prob. Edmund Jones (d), Carroll Dickerson (vln, dir), Frankie Marvin (vcl) — N.Y.C., 1/28/30
September 13, 2012
Bubber Miley - St James Infirmary
A true 'Jazz Classic' circa 1930 - this is when 'Jass/Jazz' was finally getting its legs. Similar in tone to Duke Ellington's 'Ellingtonia' 1929/29 sound. I don't think this is an Ellington recording but Bubber did played for Duke. This piece includes a tuba solo - unique and delightful. A very clean copy of the original recording. vm